The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (song)

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"Yo Home to Bel-Air"
Cover from the 7" vinyl single "Yo Home To Bel-Air".jpg
Artwork for Dutch releases
Single by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Released 1992 (1992), 2016
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1990
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 2:58
Label Jive/Zomba (1992)
Enjoy the Ride (2016)
Songwriter(s) Smith, Jones
Producer(s) Townes
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince singles chronology
"The Things That U Do"
(1992)
"Yo Home to Bel-Air"
(1992)
"I Wanna Rock"
(1992)
"The Things That U Do"
(1992)
"Yo Home to Bel-Air"
(1992)
"I Wanna Rock"
(1992)

"Yo Home to Bel-Air", informally known as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme",[1] is a song performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It is the theme song to the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[2]

Music for the song was written by Quincy Jones (who also served as the TV show's executive producer).[3] Lyrics were composed by Will Smith, performing under his stage name "The Fresh Prince", and the song was produced by Jeffrey Townes under his stage name "DJ Jazzy Jeff".[4]

The song was released in the Netherlands as a single by Jive Records in 1992, with "Parents Just Don't Understand" as its B-side[4] and re-released in 2016 by the record label Enjoy the Ride.[5] The song also appeared on DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's Greatest Hits album, along with a number of compilation albums.[6]

Single track listing[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

A-side – Yo Home To Bel-Air (7" Radio Mix) – 3:23
B-side – Parents Just Don't Understand – 5:12

12" vinyl[edit]

A-side

  1. "Yo Home To Bel Air" (Extended Version) – 5:18
  2. "Yo Home To Bel Air" (7" Radio Mix) – 3:23

B-side

  1. "Yo Home To Bel Air" (Summertime Mix) – 5:25
  2. "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" – 2:57

CD single[edit]

  1. "Yo Home To Bel Air" (7" Radio Mix) – 3:23
  2. "Parents Just Don't Understand" – 5:18

Reception[edit]

The single was released exclusively in the Netherlands in 1992, and it spent 10 weeks in the top 40 singles chart, peaking at number 3.[1] An article on the MTV.co.uk website stated about the song, "Say what you want, but considering the sitcom wrapped up over 20 years ago and people are still able to start spitting out those lyrics on cue, its lasting appeal is undeniably impressive."[7] Tom Eames of Digital Spy ranked the song 3rd in a list of 25 sitcom theme songs.[8] and Rolling Stone readers ranked the song 6th out of a list of 10 television theme songs.[9]

Cover versions and spoofs[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In 2013, the song put schools in Ambridge, Pennsylvania on lockdown after a student played the song on his phone. A teacher misheard a lyric as "shooting some people outside of school," instead of "shooting some b-ball."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dj Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Yo Home To Bel Air – The Original Theme From The Tv-Series "the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bodenner, Chris. "Track of the Day: 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Trex, Ethan (March 12, 2010). "5 Things You Didn't Know About Quincy Jones". Mental_floss. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Yo Home To Bel-Air – hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Yo Home to Bel Air/Parents Just Don't Understand – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince | Releases | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ "What You Missed In Music: Sky Axes Controversial Michael Jackson Comedy, Ed Sheeran Covers Fresh Prince | MTV UK". MTV.co.uk. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ Eames, Tom (October 5, 2016). "Ranking the top 25 TV sitcom themes EVER". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Readers Poll: The Best TV Theme Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Arby's Channels 'Fresh Prince' to Sell Philly-Style Sandwich". Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ed Sheeran Covers The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song". Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Sylvia Jeffreys shows off her rap skills with Fresh Prince tribute". 9news. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ Dawn, Randee. "Jimmy Fallon brings 'Tonight' to LA with spot-on 'Fresh Prince' spoof". TODAY.com. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ Metro.co.uk, Ann Lee for (September 2, 2015). "One Direction just did the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air rap and it wasn't terrible". Metro. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  15. ^ "See Alessia Cara Impersonate Nicki Minaj, Lorde on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Watch Andy Samberg Cover the "Fresh Prince" Theme Song". Cosmopolitan. April 11, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  17. ^ "SEE IT: Alex Trebek raps ‘Fresh Prince' theme on ‘Jeopardy!'". NY Daily News. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  18. ^ Murray, Matt. "Caller pranks C-Span by reciting lines from 'Fresh Prince'". TODAY.com. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ Sanders, Alison (29 July 2011). "GLC join our Buy Local campaign with rap in praise of Cwmbran". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  20. ^ Heldman, Breanne L. (April 12, 2017). "My Little Pony just got the Fresh Prince treatment". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  21. ^ EndPlay (March 1, 2013). "Mistaken lyrics to 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' theme song places...". 

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